- Reporter's Notebook: LA Community Garden under Threat of Eviction
Mayor Villraigosa says he wants LA to be a green city. Some 350 families say that means preserving a 14-acre farm in the heart of urban South-Central Los Angeles. But a developer named Ralph Horowitz wants to turn the Community Garden into a warehouse, and the courts say, so far, he is within his rights. Robert Gottliib, Director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College, has more on a last effort to save the garden.
Local Cops and Illegal Immigration in OC and LA
Federal immigration law has long been an issue for local cops and sheriffs in Southern California. Some want to help federal authorities deport illegal immigrants. Others, like the Los Angeles County Sheriff and LAPD, say that risks years of effort to get the trust and confidence of immigrant communities. After several contentious hearings, the Costa Mesa City Council voted 3-to-2 to train local cops in immigration law. That same intention's become a hot political issue in Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona's re-election campaign. We get an update from political reporter Martin Wisckol of the Orange County Register and hear a debate between a spokeswoman for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and LA City Councilman Eduardo Reyes.